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Ciaran Phibbs, Ph.D.
Ciaran Phibbs, Ph.D.
Stanford University
VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA

Research Interests: Access, Geriatrics, Health Care Organization, Health Care Policy, Nursing, Program Evaluation, Women’s Health

Dr. Ciaran Phibbs is a health economist at the Health Economics Resource Center, the Center for Innovation to Implementation, and the Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center, at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is the Associate Director of the Women’s Health Evaluation Initiative and of the Geriatrics and Extended Care Data and Analysis Center. He is also Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Stanford University School of Medicine, and a Research Associate, Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University. His own VA research projects have focused on the demand for VA healthcare and how travel distance and the availability of non-VA alternatives influence veterans use of VA care, and on how nurse staffing affects patient outcomes. In more general terms, his research focuses on the hospital costs and competition. Much of this work has looked at how travel distance affects hospitals, and methods for defining hospital markets. Dr. Phibbs also has a long standing interest in neonatal care. Since coming to VA he has continued to conduct some neonatal related research with non-VA funding. This work is currently focusing on how the competition-driven expansion of neonatal intensive care units has affected neonatal mortality. He has recently applied this to the VA, looking at the pregnancy outcomes of veterans, with a specific focus on the effects of PTSD during pregnancy.


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